Similar cars tried:
Volkswagen Golf 1.6
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With all the hype surrounding the Minis in the upper echelons of the range itís easy to forget about the Mini One Stratford, the 1.6-litre entry-level Stratford model exclusive to the singapore market. This is a shame, for in pure driving terms itís possible to have just as much fun in the unassuming base model as it is in those costing half as much again. In fact, i reckon the $114,000 One Stratford gives the $131,000 Cooper a real run for its money.
Even though the power on paper is a pathetic 94 bhp, the sluggishness expected was never present when driving it around on our singapore roads. With its 6 speed automatic gearbox, i have never found myself in a situation whereby im complaining about me needing more power.
The ride of the car is extremely well cushioned thanks to the absence of runflats and low profile tires found in the coopers and cooper s. Although the rims brings in some complaints that its too small to fit beautifully to the wheel arches of the one, i feel that it does bring a sense of retro feel to the party.
All in all the one Stratford is a gem to drive and the quality it presents itself as an entry level for the mini ranges does gives its other competitors a run for their money.